Friend or Fake? Mate Crime and Vulnerable People: How to Spot It and Stop It Workshop for Social Care Staff

This workshop comprises two half-day sessions, delivered by Rod Landman from ARC England, who has been working on the issue of mate crime for more than 10 years, and led the Safety Net project and the development of the Safety Net resources.

The sessions are comprised of short introductions from Rod, followed by discussions on a series of case studies in small groups and plenary sessions.

The workshop will cover:

  • What is mate crime?
  • What makes people vulnerable?
  • Indicators of mate crime
  • Managing risk – principles of joint risk enablement.
  • Supporting people with capacity who may make ‘unwise’ decisions.
  • ‘Responding to mate crime’ toolkit
  • Learning from Safeguarding Adults & Domestic Homicide reviews
  • Safeguarding responses
  • Mental Capacity

There is an expectation that delegates will complete the assignments detailed below.

Pre-workshop assignment:

Conduct an analysis of a mate crime incident from their professional experience

OR (if no such experience) read the Steven Hoskin Serious Case Review Executive Summary here

Delegates will also be asked to familiarise themselves with the case studies for the workshop.

Post-workshop assignment:


As individuals: In the light of learning from the workshop, review the incident you analysed in the pre-workshop assignment (or the Steven Hoskin case) then complete an action plan for how you would now act now, and share that with your Line Manager.


In teams, set aside some time at your next team meeting for team members to present their cases (or the Steven Hoskin case) and share your thoughts and learning from this workshop.

On completion of the ARC England workshop evaluation form, we will be happy to issue learners with an ARC England Certificate of Attendance.


  • £95 (ARC Members)
  • £126 (Non-members)

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In-house workshops

We also offer this workshop on an in-house basis exclusively for your organisation.  One of our expert trainers can deliver this training course online for up to 16 people per session. For the flat rate of £580 (ARC Members) or £685 (Non-Members), we can deliver this bespoke training at a time most convenient to you.

To discuss this option, please email [email protected]

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